Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 63,093,000
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1920 5C MS obverse 1920 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The economic boom prompted by World War I lasted until mid 1920, even though the war had ended nearly two years earlier. This heightened commerce is reflected in the huge number of nickels coined at the Philadelphia Mint in 1920.

This issue is common in worn condition and in Mint State grades as high as MS 65. Like the example illustrated, most coins are less than fully struck, but this has only minimal impact on their assigned grades. The luster of this issue is typically quite pleasing, which more influential in grading.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/18/2015

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1920 5C MS
Base $ 1.75 2.75 3.75 7.00 15.00 28.00 30.00 36.00 45.00 70.00 115 150 280 850 1625 10700 - - -
$ - - - - - 77.00 125 190 325 1075 3300 - -

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Total Graded: 873
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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12/11/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0901, 901/Lot# 1159 $490.50
4/8/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/08/2012, 17/Lot# 36351 $13.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24346 $178.60
11/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 776, 785/Lot# 81 $110.00
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(6), 1192/Lot# 10036 $881.25
5/5/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20086 $235.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1330 $1,380.00

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